Hooghly (WB): Speculation is rife that a minister in the West Bengal government resigned following change in his portfolio in the ministerial reshuffle carried out last Wednesday.
Rabindranath Bhattacharya, who was shifted to the department of statistics and programme implementation from agriculture did not say that he has resigned, but expressed disgruntlement over frequent portfolio change.
"I was assigned to school education, agriculture and now statistics and programme implementation. This frequent portfolio change, is it good? Do I then not know any work?" Bhattacharya said at his home in Singur.
The minister has not taken charge of his department and stayed at his home at Shibarambati village for the past few days.
He told reporters that many local-level Trinamool Congress leaders had contacted him and expressed sympathy.
"Let`s see what happens," he said.
A teacher by profession, Bhattacharya is immensely popular in his locality for his pioneering role in the Singur movement that ultimately saw his party come to power.
Even in 2006, when there was no wave for `paribartan` (change), he had won the Assembly election from Singur.